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WEDNESDAY EDITION: I just noticed a prediction of 50 mph winds and 19-29 inches of snow on Saturday, oh well it is winter....if Russia invades the Ukraine, what will happen to RigExperts products?....The James Webb space telescope completed its final post-launch course correction on its final orbit, which is approximately 1 million miles away from Earth.....This bit of crazy just in from the scientific world: Iranian scientist wants to shift Earth's orbit with asteroids as a long-term solution for global warming and climate change.......

European Russia special event...celebrating invasia of  Ukraine?

Radio amateurs from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region will activate the following special event/memorial
stations R900DM (QSL via RC1C), R900DV (via the Bureau), R900RO and R900BL (QSL via UF1M) between now and January 31st.

Activity is to commemorate/dedicate the 78th anniversary of full removal of enemy blockade of Leningrad and 77th anniversary Victories of the Soviet people in the Second World War.

Operations will be on various HF bands and is good towards a FREE "Blockade" diploma (see, http://www.alrs.info/articles.php?article_id=10
or https://www.qrz.ru/news/16844.html).

Wake of Bombing

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team of Centralia, Washington, activated following an early morning bombing on December 19. Authorities say two men planted the bomb, which blew up the ATM at a local bank. The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad and the FBI responded to assist the Centralia Police Department (CPD) in the investigation. The Centralia ARES team staged its communications van next to the scene. The 13 ARES team members who responded to a call for assistance were paired with CPD detectives to assist in the evidence search at the crime scene.

ARES team members had been trained to perform evidence searches for the police department and were able to put those skills to work. Teams of three to five ARES members, led by a detective, gloved up and slowly searched an estimated 10,000 square feet around the bank, along nearby railroad tracks, and an adjoining field, retrieving as many potential pieces of evidence as they could find. The ARES team was released after about 1 hour. — Thanks to Bob Willey, KD7OWN,  Centralia, Washington, ARES Emergency Coordinator 

Packet Pioneer Brian Rogers, N1URO, SK

Packet Radio Pioneer Brian Rogers, N1URO, of Unionville, Connecticut, died on January 4. An ARRL member, he was 58. Rogers was considered a core contributor to amateur packet radio dating to the 1990s. Licensed in 1995, he focused on classic packet and 802.11/high-speed protocols, developed the URONode packet radio software, and was an avid packet user and contributor to various software packages. Professionally, he was an IT consultant and the proprietor of Continuum Connecticut. 

TUESDAY EDITION: TRIVIA: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?  -  A: Royce Hailey's Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921...:What car was the first to have it's radio antenna embedded in the windshield? A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.  What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for? A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust....Maybe metal detecting is a good hobby....Don't mess with a bunch of female lions....Militarized Dolphins Protect Almost a Quarter of the US Nuclear Stockpile ....2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: Widebody, 37-Inch Tires, More Than 400 HP

Nasa spots solar explosion with the potential to cause radio blackouts on Earth

Nasa has caught sight of an explosion more than 100 million km from Earth.

The explosion was a solar flare — a powerful burst of energy on the sun— that was caught by Nasa’s sun-observing Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on January 20.

Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun constantly and captured an image of the event. The images show the solar flare as a bright flash on the right side of the sun.

Solar flares and eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids and navigation signals on Earth. They can also pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts.

This flare is classified as an M5.5 class flare, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ‘space weather scale’, which is considered to be of moderate strength.

Solar flares like this are essentially a massive release of electromagnetic radiation. When an outburst occurs, that radiation spreads out across our solar system at the speed of light. If it’s powerful enough, the burst of energy can directly influence radio waves, electronics, and other Earth-based technologies.

This particular flare had the potential to black out high-frequency radio communications ‘for tens of minutes’ on Earth’s sunlit side. The blackouts were supposed to affect high-frequency communication, primarily impacting the 3 to 30 MHz band. However, solar flares do not affect smartphone GPS systems or most modern navigational technology for that matter.

Solar flares usually take place in areas on the sun marked by the presence of strong magnetic fields called active regions. As these magnetic fields evolve, they can reach a point of instability and release energy in a variety of forms including electromagnetic radiation, which are observed as solar flares.

The NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center is the US government’s official source for space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts.

Nasa works as a research arm of the nation’s space weather effort by observing the sun and our space environment constantly with a fleet of spacecraft that study everything from the sun’s activity to the solar atmosphere and magnetic fields in the space surrounding Earth.

Source: Metro by Anugraha Sundaravelu
https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/24/nasa-spots-solar-explosion-with-the-potential-to-cause-radio-blackouts-15971574/?

Bouvet Island DXpedition news

The following was posted on the 3Y0J FaceBook page by Ken, LA7GIA, on January 22nd, with pictures and videos

Today the 3Y0J team spent a full day offshore @ Ulsteinvik, Norway . Together with Captain Arnt Skinnes and his 3 crew members on Stero we tested the unmanned zodiak landing, where the purpose is to land zodiak with equipment in a safe way.

We drove 16h with car from Oslo to the 3Y0J test site. During the testing Stero ended up in rescuing a FRC boat drifting with broken engine in heavy sea. This cut short our testing a bit but further testing will be carried out in our mission to activate this rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island. After a successful weekend we return home and will continue working on the logistic concepts. Follow our journey to Bouvet!

For the pictures and videos, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3093983840726129

Launch of a wooden satellite still pending

Two spacecraft comprised of wood or using wooden framing are hoping to launch this year and next. One will carry an amateur radio payload.

WISA Woodsat, a Finnish spacecraft that planned to include an amateur radio payload, was forced to postpone its announced launch target from 2021 to 2022 after the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination system turned away its request to use amateur radio frequencies.

“I regret to inform you that IARU is not in a position to support the WISA Woodsat Coordination request,” the coordinator said. “The main reason is that the primary mission doesn’t seem to be an amateur mission.”

As announced last year, WISA Woodsat was designed to accommodate multiple missions — from materials science, space education, and awareness to promoting and facilitating amateur radio communication with and via satellites. No transponder was on board, but the satellite’s sponsors said they had the support of Finland’s IARU member-society, SRAL, to use amateur radio frequencies. They are now reworking the spacecraft to use commercial radio frequencies.

“To our great disappointment, we can’t serve the radio amateur community with the LoRa-repeater mission as we had hoped and planned. We will continue to share the pictures and data online, but the technical aspect has been diminished due to this decision,” said WISA Woodsat’s Chief Engineer Samuli Nyman of Arctic Astronautics.

Meanwhile, LignoSat, a 1U-sized CubeSat with an outside structure mainly composed of wood, has applied for IARU frequency coordination and hopes to launch from the ISS in 2023. Built by students at Japan’s Kyoto University, LignoSat includes a unique amateur radio payload but not a transponder.

The LignoSat application for IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination in December said the CubeSat would carry amateur radio equipment that will extract call signs of amateur radio stations from uplinked FM packet signals and respond to them via the CW downlink and the sender’s call signs to convey thank you messages. The plan proposes UHF downlinks for CW and FM.

The satellite’s development team, comprised of Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry Company, said it’s aiming to harness the environmental friendliness and the economy of wood in spacecraft development. They say a satellite with a wooden exterior would burn up upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere at the end of its mission, lessening its burden on the environment. The wooden framework also will permit the satellite’s antennas to be inside the spacecraft. A plan is under way to use an experimental apparatus on the International Space Station to hold wooden sheets of varying hardness, taken from several tree species, attached. These would remain exposed to the space environment for about 9 months to determine their deterioration.

The team is headed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Tako Doi. Now a Kyoto University professor, Doi was the first JAXA astronaut to take part in spacewalks from the shuttle Columbia in 1997. He said the concept, if successful, could lead the way to “allowing even children who are interested in space to make a satellite.” LignoSat would be deployed from the ISS in July 2023.

MONDAY EDITION: Dropped in and said hello on 3928 yesterday and the question of the day was "what did you do today that was fun or interesting?". The most interesting answer came from Kriss, he was trying to unsuccessfully take a shaft out of his boat. I came in second with grabbing all the Xfiniti cable gear and toss it in a box for return to the cable outfit....what a boring group we are...Tennessee ham article....

The Space Weather Woman

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

The 35th Annual NASWA Winter SWL Festival

March 4-5, 2022, Online using the Zoom webinar platform.

The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight. Historically, every year scores of hobbyists have descended on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie.

The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave; mediumwave (AM), scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are among the other topics that the Fest covers. Whether you've been to every Fest (all 34, starting with the first year at the fabled Pink & Purple Room of the Fiesta Motor Inn) or this year's will be your first, you're sure to find a welcome from your fellow hobbyists, even if it’s a virtual' welcome!.

In 2022, the 35th Annual (!!) Winter SWL Fest will again be going virtual courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic. All activities will be conducted online via the Zoom webinar platform.

Registration will be $10 per computer screen to defray the Zoom hosting expenses. If you already have a PayPal ID you can simply send $10 from your account to swlfest [at] naswa.net. If you aren't a PayPal member you may also register online via PayPal here. Paper registrations will not be processed for 2022.

Your hosts, Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, work throughout the year to ensure that attendees have a great time over the weekend, and by all accounts, they succeed stunningly. How else could this event have lasted for 35 years (egad)-  even with a Pandemic- and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won't you join us.

http://www.swlfest.com/

Radio to the rescue

The Georgetown Gazette reports the most recent series of storms shows how amateur radio can play a vital role during power/communications outages

The newspaper says:

As the most recent series of storms showed, power and communications infrastructure can be vulnerable, resulting in extended outages.

Many El Dorado County residents not only lost power during these storms but also vital phone and internet services failed and residents could not reach 911. In areas where heavy snow fell residents were cut off or trapped at home and did not know how or where to obtain vital help or supplies. Even the 24/7 emergency telephone outside the Georgetown Fire Department’s Volcanoville fire station went dead due to downed power and telephone lines.

Since 2019 the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club has implemented neighborhood radio watch programs throughout El Dorado County. Neighborhood radio watch was developed in response to the growing concerns of wildfire destroying communications systems and placing lives at risk. Led by a team of local amateur “ham” radio operators, the neighborhood radio watch program enables residents to use powerful “non-ham” emergency radios in the event of wildfires, storms or power shutoffs that disable communications systems. Many county residents now keep these low-cost radios ready at home and in their cars so they can reach their family, friends and first responders when all else fails.

Amateur radio and neighborhood radio watch users became especially active during the Caldor Fire and most recently during the storms that blacked out Camino, Pollock Pines and the Georgetown Divide. To help restore emergency communications in the Georgetown area, 12 volunteers from the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club and its neighborhood radio watches provided more than 112 hours of onsite radio support at the Georgetown IOOF building and the Quintette and Volcanoville fire stations.

Read the full story at
https://www.gtgazette.com/2022/01/22/radio-club-aids-north-county-residents-when-all-else-fails/


WEEKEND EDITION:
2 degrees this morning and snowing on the island, you have to love New England. It won't be too long before I am fishing........What is the doomsday clock counting towards?......In the event of a war in Ukraine you may want to remove your back up hard drives from the internet....Secrets revealed of submarine hidden on ocean floor for 80 years ....

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Bringing an upconverter into your life

A couple of days ago, after months of anticipation, an unassuming little box arrived on my doorstep. Inside the box was a nondescript electronic device with two SMA connectors and a USB socket. Other than the branding, there were no markings on the device and it came without any instructions.

It did come with a couple of SMA adaptors, which came in handy.

A little research later determined which of the two SMA adaptors connected to an antenna and which connected to a radio.

The gadget itself is called an upconverter.

It's an interesting little device that essentially mixes two frequencies together, creating two new ones, start with say 720 kHz and mix it with 120 MHz and you end up with 120.720 MHz and 119.28 MHz. In other words, if you mix two frequencies together, you end up with both the sum and the difference of those frequencies.

If you have a radio that can listen to 120 MHz, but cannot listen to 720 kHz, then using an upconverter, you can, as it were, expand the frequency range of your radio to hear different signals.

I purchased the upconverter with the intent of connecting it to my PlutoSDR, since the lowest frequency it can do is 70 MHz. Combine the two and I should be able to listen to all of the amateur HF frequencies at once.

Given that my PlutoSDR is currently doing something else, I had a look at using the upconverter with my WSPR beacon monitor that uses an RTL-SDR dongle. Technically it's not required, since my particular dongle can be used to tune to HF frequencies, but as an experiment, it works well enough.

So, I connected the antenna to the upconverter, the upconverter to the dongle and the dongle to a Raspberry Pi, a single board computer that runs Linux. Essentially the exact same setup I've been running for years, except that I inserted the upconverter between the dongle and the antenna.

That and some power took care of the hardware.

The software initially gave me some challenges. After discovering that the tool I'm using, rtlsdr_wsprd, has an option for an upconverter, I was up and running in minutes.

So, at the moment, and for the next foreseeable little while, my WSPR monitor is using an upconverter to scan HF. Technically this should increase the sensitivity by a significant amount, since the dongle is better suited to tuning to higher frequencies than it is to lower ones, but only time will tell.

I updated my monitoring scripts to take into account if the frequency I was monitoring was out of range, so it currently won't report on anything above 60 MHz, but then that's fine for what I'm working on.

I've updated the script on github if you want to have a look. It's nothing fancy, it essentially checks to see if there's a file called upconverter and if so, it calls a slightly different monitoring script.

Given that I have existing logging data associated with this monitor, I should be able to discover if there's any significant difference between what I've been monitoring to date and what's coming in now that an upconverter is in the listening chain. Theoretically, I should be able to hear weaker signals, but time will tell.

One thing that was interesting whilst I was discovering how this all works and hangs together is that it wasn't immediately obvious how to set it all up in software. I tried several tools to make sense of the data. In the end the combination of gqrx, setting the local oscillator offset to a negative frequency, in my case 120 MHz, got me to the point where I could set the frequency to 720 kHz and hear my local broadcast station, whilst the software actually, secretly behind the scenes, added 120 MHz to that and tuned the radio to 120.720 MHz.

Once I got my head around that, things started falling into place.

The same is true for rtlsdr_wsprd, adding the upconverter flag with the value of 120MHz, got my monitoring station up and running.

This is a pretty user friendly way of getting started with frequency mixers. You might recall my exploration into components apparently made from unobtainium. The intent is to use a variable frequency to achieve a similar thing, but that's a project still on the drawing board, for now, I have a fixed frequency, 120 MHz, which is plenty to get started.

If you're curious why I'd want a stable variable frequency, consider for example, what might happen if you transmit from a HF frequency into an upconverter. Perhaps you could use your HF capable WSPR beacon to make a signal on 2m or 70cm. 120 MHz won't cut it, but perhaps you can work out what's needed to get from the 10m WSPR band to the 2m WSPR band, or the 70cm WSPR band.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

5 reasons to attend March 12-13 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Our next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will be held live from March 12-13, and then on-demand for 30 days afterwards. We promise an amazing learning and networking experience to help you improve your amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, equipment, and practical techniques. No need to travel - participate from your home or office! Information can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Here are 5 reasons why you must attend:

Listen, engage with 60+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries. Our speakers are experts and deeply know their material. Most importantly, they’ve worked hard to make sure that you’ll understand the material and can apply it immediately to your projects.

So, so many different topics - everybody will find something of high value. There’s content for everyone whether a newly licensed ham looking for next steps to using that license or a 30+ year experienced ham looking for new projects. Some of the more interesting presentations include: Core HF Communication Concepts: Fundamentals of Shortwave Propagation; Deep Dive of An FPGA DVB-S2 Implementation; Fun With The NanoVNA; and Helically Wound Vertical for 160M.

Click Here for Presentation List

Watch as many presentations as you want! A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time). At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any speakers and presentations you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.

Check out our live Kumospace video lounges for attendees to interact with each other and exhibitors. At the Expo we’ll debut exciting but proven technology to further improve the live video interaction experience with exhibitors and fellow operators. You’ll find this is a great way to meet up with friends, talk to vendors, and network on specific subject areas.

Take advantage of our calendar technology to efficiently organize your time. Once our presentations are scheduled, you can download speaker times in your local time zone directly to your Google or Outlook calendar. You’ll then have a complete schedule of sessions to join to maximize your time during the Live period with speakers that are the most important.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner. FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, Elecraft is our Gold sponsor as of this time.

Early Bird Tickets will go on sale February 1st, 2022, and are just $10 (through March 6) and then $13.50 to the end of the on-demand period. Tickets include entry for the Live 2 day period and the 30 day on-demand period. Save on gas, lodging, and transit time to attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12th and 13th. For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com

Portugal acts against radio interference

IARU-R1 reports Portugal's communications regulator ANACOM acts to eradicate interference and abuse of radio spectrum

The IARU Region 1 story says:

José Francisco de Almeida, CT4AN, IARUMS Coordinator from REP (Rede dos Emissores Portugueses; Portugal), informed that ANACOM (Portuguese Communications Authority) acts to eradicate interference and the abuse of several frequencies, including deeply protecting the amateur bands.
https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1713864

“ANACOM, the Portuguese National Authority for Communications, carried out a series of inspections with the Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aimed at verifying the status, operability and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. In these actions, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service.

In 2021 last quarter, ANACOM carried out a series of inspections with the Portuguese Maritime Police, in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question aim to verify the status, operation and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. If they are not working well or being used under the right conditions, or in the appropriate spectrum bands, they may interfere with other services and may make the correct operation of emergency communications unfeasible.

The actions were carried out in the ports of Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde; Viana do Castelo; Caminha; Aveiro; Leixões; on the Douro River—Cais da Alfândega (Porto) and Cais da Lixa (Gondomar); and in Peniche.
In total, 20 vessels were checked, for coastal fishing, distant fishing, hotel ships and pleasure boats.

In these joint actions with the Maritime Police, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies are related to the use of frequencies not authorized or not assigned to the maritime mobile service. In some cases, non-certified equipment or equipment not suitable for use on vessels, as well as unauthorized radiocommunication encryption devices, were detected. In these actions, ANACOM carries out inspections on the equipment, and it is up to the Maritime Police to take the necessary measures.“

Amateur Radio Newsline Report

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DISASTER CUTS TONGA'S COMMUNICATIONS WITH REST OF WORLD

PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a developing story. As Newsline went to production, relief and communication efforts were coming slowly to the island nation of Tonga, which was left cut off from the rest of the world after two consecutive natural disasters. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF fills us in.

JIM MEACHEN: The eruption of an underwater volcano triggered a deadly tsunami that devastated the nation of Tonga, throwing the Pacific island chain into a communications blackout. While military relief efforts struggled to bring clean water and basic supplies from Australia and New Zealand to residents, Tonga's apparent lack of active amateur radio operators spelled silence on those frequencies. As Newsline went to production amateurs in New Zealand who are also active first responders awaited word on what help was needed - by radio or other means. Don Wallace ZL2TLL, a director of IARU Region 3, told Newsline in an email he and Andrew Bate ZL1SU, manager of the New Zealand Red Cross IT & Telecom Emergency Response Unit, were among those awaiting word on whether they would be deployed. Don said the Red Cross itself was already providing aid. In a public posting on Facebook, Mark Hanrahan, VK4DMH, president of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society VK4WIG, said the only communications available from Tonga appeared to be via a few satellite phones, which were proving unreliable.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

(BBC, DON WALLACE ZL2TLL; ANDREW BATE, ZL1SU, FACEBOOK)

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RESEARCHERS BUILD WORLD'S SMALLEST ANTENNA USING DNA

PAUL/ANCHOR: While we hams work with conductive metal wire when we set out to build the best antenna for our purposes, a group of researchers in Canada used something else: DNA. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has that story.

JEREMY: Researchers in chemistry at the University of Montreal have created what they call the world's tiniest antenna, one they have engineered using DNA to let them study structural changes that occur within proteins.

This nanoantenna uses light instead of the radio frequencies we hams are so accustomed to. Researcher Scott Harroun said in a report [quote]: "The DNA-based nanoantennas can be synthesised with different lengths and flexibilities to optimize their function." [endquote]

He added later: [quote]"By carefully tuning the nanoantenna design, we have created a five nanometre-long antenna that produces a distinct signal when the protein is performing its biological function." [endquote]

The researchers reported their findings recently in the journal Nature Methods. They compared the fluorescent nanoantenna's performance to that of a repeater: It receives light in one wavelength and transmits back at another, depending on what behaviour it detects in the protein.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(TECHEXPLORIST.COM)

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ISRAELI STUDENTS' SATELLITES ENTER ORBIT

PAUL/ANCHOR: Students in Israel recently experienced the thrill of seeing amateur radio satellites of their own design....sent into space! Jason Daniels VK2LAW has more on that story.

JASON: Eight satellites designed and built by students throughout Israel were sent into space on January 13th aboard SpaceX's FALCON launcher. The eight satellites, Tevel 1 through 8, have amateur radio FM transponders and beacon transmitters, all operating on the same frequency. They entered their planned orbits about 90 minutes after departing the launcher. The beacon transmissions can be heard on 436.400 MHz. The FM transponders are using an uplink frequency of 145.970 MHz and a downlink frequency of 436.400 MHz. The mission also carried AMSAT-EA's HADES and EASAT-2 satellites. HADES is using the callsign AM6SAT and EASAT-2 is using the callsign AM5SAT.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

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DXERS PUSH TO RETAIN ACCESS TO ISLAND GROUP

PAUL/ANCHOR: The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is on the map for many avid DXers. Now they're working to make sure those islands get to stay there. Ralph Squillace KK6ITF explains what's happening.

RALPH: Imagine logging a DX contact from any of the seven islands and atolls in the central Pacific Ocean managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. This group is known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. DXpeditions don't happen often there -- in fact it's been almost four years since a five-member team from the Northern California DX Foundation landed on Baker Island using the callsign KH1/KH7Z. The foundation's Don Greenbaum, N1DG, is now leading an effort to open the islands up for more DXers to have the kind of experience he and his teammates had on Baker Island in 2018. The US Fish & Wildlife Service, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have received public comment on the proposal, which has the support of the Foundation. As a new management plan is being drafted for the islands, DXers want to be confident it will ensure continued occasional access there. The comment window closed on January 20th but the Foundation is hopeful. It said in a statement: [quote] "Ham radio was used by the early colonizers of Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands in the mid 1930s. It is a tradition that extends to today with the 2018 Baker Island radio expedition." [endquote]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ralph Squillace KK6ITB

(OHIO PENN DX, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DX FOUNDATION)

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ONLINE DX MUSEUM PRESERVES RARE AND VINTAGE QSLs

PAUL/ANCHOR: Speaking of DX, many of us would agree, DX never gets old, even if those cards from far-away locations become vintage. Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us about a unique online museum of sorts that preserves QSL cards for sharing...we hope, forever.

ED: Jean Michel, F6AJA, has thousands and thousands of QSL cards, some from rare DX entities, and he didn't even have to turn his rig on once to get them. Jean Michel has created an online gallery of images of nearly 20,000 QSL cards sorted into different albums, including an assortment of the 10 most wanted DXCC entities, spanning the years 2011 to 2020. The collection contains more than 500 cards from contacts on rare French Pacific Islands, more than 1,000 from the various research bases in Antarctica and commemorative stations for the IARU and the ITU. That collection has more than 900 cards. Hams collecting DX from the United States have contributed images from each of the states, all dating before 1945. The site is in French but is available as an English translation. We are including the address in the text version of this week's newscast. You'll also find Jean Michel's email address. He's always looking to add to his collection and you can write to him if you're interested in contributing some of your own cards.

(OHIO PENN DX)

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CLUB CREATES MAP TO CONNECT HAMS IN CANADA

PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in Canada have a new resource to help them locate other radio operators, as we hear from Sel Embee KB3TZD.

SEL: The Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club VE3OSR in Canada is offering a way for hams to reconnect with one another through clubs, especially if they have lost touch during the pandemic. Clubs throughout Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, are now shown on a colorful map display which is free online for all hams' reference. The Georgian Bay amateurs are encouraging other clubs in Canada to add themselves to the map, which can be done by using the button labeled "CONTACT" on the bottom of the web page containing the map. Visit gbarc dot ca stroke clubs dot php (gbarc.ca/clubs.php)

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Sel Embee KB3TZD.

(GEORGIAN BAY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)

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AUSTRALIAN CLUB BEGINS DISASTER COMMUNICATION SESSIONS

PAUL/ANCHOR: It's only a beginning, but one amateur radio club in Australia has taken the important first steps in helping residents in local districts, or shires, to communicate better during disasters. Graham Kemp VK4BB brings us that story.

GRAHAM: Radio's resiliency during trying times has become the focus of a new Special Interest Group convened by the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club. The group held its first meeting on Saturday, January 15th, focusing on needs in the Shire of Mt. Alexander. Using the Zoom platform, the meeting drew representatives from a disaster-preparedness group, other amateur radio clubs in Victoria and a number of candidates studying for their amateur radio licence.

Coordinator Tony Falla VK3KKP told Newsline that there were even some attendees who are not intending to become hams but nonetheless want to be able to listen to the amateur frequencies and pass along messages, sometimes by citizens band radio, when disaster strikes. Tony is calling the special interest group the Mt. Alexander Radio Watch and said its purpose is to create a network of listeners, not to launch a rescue group. He said the Bendigo club is also working with the Greater Bendigo Council to create a mechanism to link area residents with the local council if they experience difficulties during disasters.

Tony said the process will be ongoing in Mt. Alexander and that other special interest groups are being organised shire by shire. Meanwhile he said he hopes other shires will set up similar groups of their own and perhaps send a representative to the next Mt. Alexander meeting.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(TONY FALLA, VK3KKP)

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SVALBARD ACTIVATION TO INCLUDE SATELLITE CONTACTS

PAUL/ANCHOR: Braving the cold, a group of DXpeditioners is heading to the Arctic Ocean for an island activation that includes some hoped-for satellite contacts. John Williams VK4JJW brings us that report.

JOHN: Svalbard, which is considered the world's northernmost habitable place, is home to about 2,000 residents and - for better or worse - more than 3,000 polar bears. In April it will also become home to a team of amateur radio operators who are launching the first DXpedition from that location to make use of the QO-100 satellite. According to the team's website, although it will prove daunting enough to operate CW, SSB, RTTY, FT4 and FT8 following a snowmobile trip to their location in temperatures as cold as minus 25 degrees Celsius, the team will face the bigger challenge of completing QSOs via satellite. The team's website states that this region is on the very edge of the satellite's footprint and permits a view of QO-100 at only 3 degrees above the horizon. Erik de Mey, ON4ANN, and Max van Rymenant, ON5UR, considered such a challenge early last year with Svalbard in mind. The team will be using the callsign JW100Q0 for its satellite contacts between April 22nd and 24th. HF contacts will be made with the callsign JW0X between April 19th and 26th. Mark your calendar.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.

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WORLD OF DX

In the World of DX, listen for Neville, G3RFS, on the air as 6Y5FS from Jamaica where he will be for the next two months. He has been heard on 20 metres using CW. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS, or via G4BWP.

Oliver, DJ5QW, will be using the callsigns D4CW and D44DX from Santa Maria village, Sal Island, Cape Verde, between February 19th and March 2nd. Listen for him on 80-10 metres where he will be using CW and SSB. QSL to his home callsign direct or via the DARC Bureau.

Slavo, SP2JMB, and his XYL Dorota, SP2TO will be on the air as 3B8GY from Mauritius between February 5th and 25th. Be listening on various HF bands and in various modes. QSL to SP2JMB direct.

Operators John, AF3K, and Ross, W2TT, who cancelled their operation last year due to Covid, will be active as VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT, respectively, from Providenciales Island (NA-002) between March 23 and March 31st. Listen for them as well in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest on March 26th and 27th where they will use the callsign VP5P. Send QSLs to N2OO or QSL via ClubLog's OQRS. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog

(OPDX)

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KICKER: A MODERN TRIBUTE TO AN ANCIENT WALL

PAUL/ANCHOR: Special Event Stations often connect radio amateurs to great moments in history, whether it’s the discovery of a planet, a celebration of statehood or some other major event. Randy Sly W4XJ and Jeremy Boot G4NJH bring us the details about a year-long special event in England.

RANDY: Throughout 2022, hams will have an opportunity to connect to some ancient history in commemorating 1900 years since the building of Hadrian’s Wall across England. I asked Amateur Radio Newsline Correspondent, Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to tell me a little bit more about the history that inspired two hams, Austin Vaughan, M0MNE and Roy Nicholson, M0TKF to operate their stations near the wall.

JEREMY: In A.D. 43 after years of struggling, the Romans conquered the southern portion of the British Isles. Since the area to the North was inhabited by primitive Celtic tribes and never fully settled, Hadrian's Wall was built, spanning 118 kilometres, from coast to coast, as a defensive fortification for the southern, "Roman" Province of Britannia. In addition to its place in history, Arthur, the legendary Celtic king is said to have fought in battle against the invading Anglo-Saxons in the vicinity of Hadrian’s Wall. Parts of Hadrian's Wall still remain today.

RANDY: Amateurs from around the world should point their antennas toward England this year and listen for the two special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HW on the HF and VHF bands in voice, CW and digital modes. Be sure to check out the QRZ pages for GB1900HA and GB1900HW.

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Extended ARRL team will support February's ARRL National Convention in Orlando

A large ARRL team of member-volunteers, program representatives, and presenters will advance the convention theme inviting attendees to reDiscover Radio  at Orlando HamCation, host of the 2022 ARRL National Convention February 10 – 13. A wide-ranging roster of workshops, exhibits, and activities will educate and entertain radio amateurs committed to developing knowledge and skills in radio technology and radio communication.

The convention will be held in two parts. On Thursday, February 10, an all-day ARRL National Convention Program will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. Advance registration is required and includes a series of day-long ARRL Training Tracks and a National Convention luncheon. Registration can be completed online

DX Engineering is the Official Sponsor of the 2022 ARRL National Convention Program.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 11 -13, HamCation will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park in Orlando — an 87-acre lakefront fairgrounds. The convention marks the 75th anniversary of HamCation- one of the largest, annual gatherings of radio amateurs in the US. HamCation tickets can be purchased online until January 31 and at the gate during the event. 

The centerpiece of ARRL's participation will be a large exhibit area in the East and West Hall. Nearly a dozen ARRL program areas will be represented, including Radiosport and DXCC Card Checking, Radio Clubs, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Development, and the ARRL Foundation.

A suite of exhibits organized by the ARRL Education and Learning Department will include an introduction to the new ARRL Learning Center. ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, will introduce this new member benefit that includes online courses, videos, and other amateur radio instruction and training. At another booth, ARRL Education and Technology Program Instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, will cover the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. 

ARRL has invited several ham radio content creators from popular YouTube channels to meet and interact with attendees in the exhibit area. Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of the popular “Ham Radio Crash Course” YouTube channel, will moderate. He is the 2020 winner of the ARRL Bill Leonard Award for outstanding published media that advances amateur radio. Visitors will have a chance to meet ARRL authors and editors.

ARRL Laboratory engineers and volunteers will offer free testing of visitors’ handheld radios. This service will determine the spectral purity of the output signal from their radios.

Members and other attendees can meet ARRL elected officials and Field Organization volunteers at the Southeastern Division booth to catch up on events and to explore opportunities to get involved through their ARRL Sections and radio clubs.

The exhibit area will also include the ARRL store and membership area, where visitors may join, renew, or extend ARRL and Diamond Club memberships and purchase publications, apparel, and 2022 Field Day products. New ARRL Membership Manager Matt Caruso will be eager to meet and greet members.

ARRL is sponsoring three forums at HamCation:

  • An ARRL Emergency Communications Panel will be held at 3:15 PM Eastern on Friday. The panel will be moderated by ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and will include panelists from the ARRL Southeastern Division Field Organization.
  • On Saturday at 2 PM Eastern, ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Advisors Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, and Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, will lead a Collegiate Amateur Radio Forum. The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative is a regular networking source among active campus radio clubs and their student members.
  • An ARRL Membership Forum will be held on Saturday at 3:15 PM, moderated by Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB. This forum offers an opportunity to hear from ARRL representatives on key areas of member interest and amateur radio advocacy and to learn how ARRL supports dozens of ways to get involved and active on the air. Panelists will include President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and CEO David Minster, NA2AA.

Thursday’s Training Tracks at the DoubleTree Hotel are organized as all-day workshops led by experienced presenters. Four tracks being offered include Contest University (CTU), Emergency Communications Academy, Hands-On Handbook, and Technology Academy. Registration includes a seat at the National Convention Luncheon, which will feature a keynote address by David Minster.

Contest University will make its debut in the ARRL Southeastern Division. CTU Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, has organized the workshop with Teri Grizer, K8MNJ, assembling a team of experienced contesters as presenters and instructors. Presentations will include Fred Kleber, K9VV/NP2X, on “Contesting and Emergency Preparedness from the Caribbean;” Chris Blake, NX4N, and George Wagner, K5KG, on “Mobile QSO Party Contesting;” Luis Romero, W4LT, on “SSB Contest Audio Characteristics,” and Claudio Veroli, I4VEQ, on “World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) 2022/23.” Duffy will present “The Antenna Notebook.” Max Fountain, KJ4EUT, will offer a youth perspective, covering ways to use amateur radio contesting to attract more young people to amateur radio and retain them.

Emergency Communications Academy has been organized by ARES® Letter Editor Rick Palm, K1CE, and EmComm instructor Gordon Gibby, KX4Z. A panel of nationally recognized experts and trainers will conduct this workshop, which will cover current events, EmComm techniques, hardware, and software. Presenters include C. Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE; Helen Straughn, WC4FSU; Leland Gallup, AA3YB; Arc Thames, W4CPD; Christine Duez, K4KJN; Earl McDow, K4ZSW, and Jeff Capehart, W4UFL. ARRL staff, including Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, will be on hand.

Nass will lead the Hands-On Handbook Training Track. Presenters will take a deeper dive into a handful of popular amateur radio activities. Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, of the YouTube channel “Ham Radio 2.0” will present “Getting Started in Parks on the Air (POTA).” Additional presentations will feature Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, on “Amateur Satellites — Getting on the Air, and Operating from (almost) Anywhere;” Kyle Krieg, AA0Z, with “Intro to Remote Operating,” and Education and Technology Program Instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, with “Coding in Amateur Radio.”

ARRL Pacific Division Director Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, will lead the Technology Academy. “Amateur radio is based on technology. The more we know about how things work, the more effective we can be as radio operators,” said McIntyre, who will also share a presentation about SWR. ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will present “Compliance with the new RF-Exposure Rules,” covering the rules and recent changes by the FCC. Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, will present “Digital Communications Technology,” offering an understanding for how information travels over the air and how digital communication works. Joel Wilhite, KD6W, will present “Digital Amateur Television — A New Paradigm.” He will include a review of broadcast television technology being deployed into the US market, including ATSC 3.0 — Next Gen TV, and share opportunities that will influence the next generation of digital amateur television. Bob McGwier, N4HY, will present “ARDC Technical Projects and GEO/HEO Spacecraft Proposals,” discussing major projects supported by Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to advance significant technical innovation in amateur radio. ARRL Central Division Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, who sits on the ARRL Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee, will also present (TBD).

The Orlando Amateur Radio Club sponsors Orlando HamCation. Hundreds of volunteers, including radio amateurs from radio clubs throughout the region, help support the event. Further details about the convention are available at www.arrl.org/expo and www.hamcation.com.

Two radio amateurs appointed to the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC)

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel named two prominent radio amateurs among her appointments to the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) on January 19. Appointed were Greg Lapin, N9GL, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV. Lapin chairs the ARRL RF Safety Committee and has represented ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio on the TAC since 2001. on the TAC since 2001.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, noted that Lapin has been involved with RF safety and the FCC since the last FCC significant rules changes in 1998, he said. "He is again helping the FCC prepare information on OET Bulletin 65 Supplement B for amateur radio, giving guidance for amateurs who need to comply with the FCC rules on RF exposure. His work is highly respected by the FCC and the ARRL Lab, making it easier for amateurs to evaluate their stations.”

Thompson is CEO of the Open Research Institute (ORI), which she will represent on the TAC. ORI is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to open-source work that includes such areas as amateur satellites and digital communications. She is an ARRL Life Member. Thompson will discuss “Digital Communications Technology” on February 10 at the ARRL National Convention in Orlando, as part of the Technology Academy workshop Track.

The TAC serves to assist the FCC in identifying important areas of innovation and developing informed technology policies that support US competitiveness in the global economy. The TAC will consider and advise the FCC on topics such as 6G, artificial intelligence, advanced spectrum-sharing technologies, and emerging wireless technologies, including new tools to restore internet access during shutdowns and other disruptions. The TAC will hold its first meeting of the year on February 28. 

Germany's ham radio society hit by cyber attack

The national society for German radio amateurs, DARC, was hit by a cyber attack on January 15. As of January 20 their website was still down

In a post the DARC say:

On 15.01.2022 the homepage of the DARC became the target of a cyber attack. The attack exploited a security vulnerability in a plugin in a Wordpress installation. On 17.01.2022 the attack spread to the main pages of our association. The attack was detected on 17.01.2022 and then promptly stopped and repelled. At 22:00 on the same day, the homepage from Friday's backup could be put back online.

Our provider analyzed the traffic for the affected period and said that he could not detect any abnormalities, so a data leak can not be assumed.

We therefore assume that the – presumably automated – attack was only aimed at redirecting to Russian websites and not spying on member data. The member data is stored in folders separate from the website. Complete bank details or other sensitive information are not included in this data, as the bank details stored for the purposes of assignment are only stored in abbreviated form. The login passwords of the members are stored encrypted.

Despite the unlikely risk of data leakage, the Board of Directors would like to inform you of the process and will take further action to be on the safe side. In order to clarify the facts, the Executive Board has filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons. Likewise, the Hessian data protection officer was informed today as a precaution about the hacker attack. Furthermore, an IT company is commissioned with the forensic processing of the facts.

We also took immediate action to secure our systems. We will continue to implement measures in the coming days to further increase the security of our systems.

The Executive Board takes this attack very seriously and has stipulated that our system may not go fully online again until safe operation is guaranteed. In addition to various other topics, it is also about the security of passwords for the internal area of the members. To this end, the first measures have already been discussed, which will be communicated and implemented in the coming days.

We therefore ask our members for your understanding if the homepage with all its peripherals will not be available as usual in the next few days. The next few days and weeks will also bring various changes to ensure the security of the member data entrusted to us in the future.

In order to maintain communication during this time, we will use Facebook in addition to Twitter to inform you.

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HAM MEETS MILITARY

On friday the first of April 2022 (this is no joke) the Royal Dutch Army will organise ''HAM meets military.'' 8 special stations consisting of 2 military operators and 1 amateur with callsigns PA01MIL up to and including PA08MIL will be on air on HF from 0700Z (GMT) until 1900Z (GMT).

The main goal is to introduce the young military operators to the world of amateur radio. Offcourse there is a little challenge involved, because soldiers love to be pushed to the limit. Which callsign makes the most contacts? The amateur is there to help and improve their antennas but all contact have to made with military equipment only! They will operate with manpack radio's or with a vehicle setup in a Mercedes 290GD.

We would like to hear as many amateurs as possible to train these operators. Please use the nato-phonetic alfabet and have some patience. The best operators could be active in the future on PZ5JT.

More information on the QRZ-page of PA01MIL: https://qrz.com/db/pa01mil or via hammeetsmilitary@gmx.com

FCC Seeks Attorney-Advisor for its Mobility Division

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has posted an opening for an attorney-advisor in the Mobility Division of its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in Washington, DC.

As a principal attorney with mid-to-senior level responsibilities, the individual’s job duties would include working on policy, rulemaking, and legal issues; drafting Commission- and Bureau-level rulemaking and adjudication decisions, and reviewing proposed legislation, rulemakings, orders, and changes to regulations.

According to the FCC website, the Mobility Division is “responsible for developing policy and rules that facilitate rapid, widespread deployment of wireless communications services. Along with the Broadband Division, it oversees nearly 2 million licenses used to provide an array of wireless services. The Mobility Division helps carry out the [Broadband Personal Communications Service], to private land mobile used for dispatch and remote monitoring of equipment, to maritime and aviation, to personal use such as ham radio.”

ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, has suggested that the position listing be shared by ARRL members who know an attorney interested in communications law and who has an amateur license. “This non-supervisory position is at the top of the government pay scale. I would urge any amateur who is an attorney and has several years of experience to apply — especially if they are interested in wireless,” Minster said. The deadline to apply for this opening is January 28, 2022. 

Networks of Service

President of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC), Marty Justis W9WMJ, writes about Amateur Radio and the Legion

His article says:

Ninety years ago, The American Legion’s National Security Commission encouraged posts to form amateur radio groups in support of civil defense. Posts across the nation became involved with ham radio at that time and the American Legion Amateur Radio Network was soon on the air. That "network," unfortunately, became all but obsolete by the 1960s.

Today, however, many posts are enjoying a resurgence of prominence in amateur radio that began in 2011 with the nationwide start-up of the American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC). This nationally sanctioned program, which is open and free to all American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion members who are licensed amateur radio operators, was refocused and now promotes amateur radio among posts as an avenue for community service with an eye toward growing Legion membership numbers.

The goal of serving the community figures largely in the life of The American Legion. As an organization, community service should be a mainstay for every post. There’s reference to that at the close of a post’s regular meeting when the commander reminds us: “Let service to the community, state and nation be ever a main objective of The American Legion and its members.” That was a precept of the organization when founded, and it’s still the basis for our existence almost 103 years later.

There are a number of examples as to how a Legion post can serve their community through amateur radio. One is found at Danville (Ky.) American Legion Post 46 in the partnership they formed with the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club. As a ham for over 40 years, TALARC member and then-post commander Tony Cromwell chose to offer aid to this local club that lost its home in a neighboring building. As commander, Cromwell recognized the ability of his post to host the organization, gain membership and advance everyone’s mission. That realization led to the Wilderness Road club becoming a post-approved activity. “A valuable community asset was rescued and will now go forth as an American Legion post resource in providing emergency communications support during natural disasters,” he noted.

As recognized by Cromwell and Post 46’s membership, establishing a club is vital to expanding and extending Legion volunteer services throughout a community. First, however, is the need for eligible individuals to come together as an American Legion Amateur Radio Club with sanction from their post’s leadership.

In the first year of TALARC’s existence, membership was modest with several hundred individual members and 13 post-supported clubs. Today, nearly 5,000 members and 57 post-supported clubs make the American Legion Amateur Radio Club among the largest in the nation.

Ham radio is an interesting and enjoyable hobby as well as an invaluable resource “when all else fails.” When severe weather, natural disasters or other catastrophes strike and power lines and cellphone towers are knocked out, ham radio has always stood up to serve communities across the nation. There is also a more relaxed, more visible and more regular use for amateur radio, and it’s done through augmenting communications and safety efforts during parades, marathons, outings and other public or Legion-sponsored events in your area. These occasions are just a few of many things for a post and its members to dwell on when considering support for an American Legion Amateur Radio Club within a post. The possibility of bolstering the post membership roster is also something to take into consideration.

For more information about TALARC, amateur radio, how to acquire an FCC license or to join the American Legion Amateur Radio Club, browse the TALARC website at
https://www.legion.org/hamradio

QST magazine looks at Diversity and Inclusion

In the February 2022 issue of QST magazine the editorial by ARRL President David Minster NA2AA is titled Diversity and Inclusion: Driving Amateur Radio’s Growth

He concentrates on Youth, pointing out importance of using correct Pronouns, and adds:

The second conclusion I’ve reached is that asking for more youth in amateur radio represents a cultural challenge: the young people today are not the young people of your youth.

Who they are as people is different. What they are looking for from our hobby is different. The time pressure of being digitally connected and always “being on” is different. The real time nature of how young people consume content is different. Even their shifting opinions and preferences relating  to social media are different from just a year ago! Amateur radio must recognize and embrace these differences — and dynamically adapt to accommodate them!

I respect the wide points of view on the matter of diversity. I am very aware of how these changes will be met with discomfort in the coming years. I hope that as a member, you’ll hang in there whenever and wherever they appear within the  hobby — including the pages of QST and elsewhere.

Read the QST editorial at
http://arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/2022/02%20Feb/2022-02%20EDITORIAL%20%200222.pdf

Michelle Thompson W5NYV is expected to touch on diversity issues in her talk - Past, Present & Future (What do US Hams Look Like Today?) - to the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC)

The talk will be on Zoom at 6pm PST (0200 GMT) on Wednesday, January 26, link at
https://sites.google.com/view/ratpac

The video should also be on the RATPAC YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/RATPAC/videos

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Good  morning hamsters. A beautiful sunny day predicted and snow for tomorrow, you have to love New England....Winnebago reveals an electric RV concept with a colossal 125 miles of range...China has a new variant of Covid on it's way over to a city near you....

Video: 'Reviewing the Icom ID-52E 5W D-STAR Transceiver'

The ID-52E Dual-Band D-STAR Digital Transceiver has only been available to buy for just a short time, and you may have already purchased one or be in the market to buy one. Together with Bob McCreadie G0FGX and his colleagues at TX Films, Icom UK are pleased to share with you this comprehensive yet simple to understand video which not only provides a great introduction to this radio but also provides many tips on how to use it.

In the video Bob:

- Demonstrates how to operate the ID-52E and many of its features/settings.
- Provides an overview of the ID-52E's GPS, D-STAR and Bluetooth capabilities.
- Explains how to work with channels/memories.
- Demonstrates how to use the CS-52 cloning software

Watch 'Reviewing the Icom ID-52E 5W D-STAR Transceiver'

For more details about the ID-52E Dual-Band D-STAR Digital Transceiver, visit the 'ID-52E Product Page'.

Homebrew Heroes Award to be Managed by Ham Radio Workbench

The ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast team has shifted ownership and management of the Homebrew Heroes Award to the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast.

“It makes better branding sense for their team to acquire and manage this awards program,” said Frank Howell, K4FMH, of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast team. “Their episode-to-episode content clearly reflects the underlying principles of the Homebrew Heroes Award.” (Howell detailed the change in the January 2 ICQ Podcast.) George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast, said,

“We plan to maintain the award into the future.” Speaking on behalf of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast, Rod Hardman VA3ON, said he was delighted to have a leadership role in the award program. “It’s a perfect fit for what we are about,” he said. The Homebrew Hero Award was the brainchild of Howell during the 2019 Dayton Hamvention®, which was the first time the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast team had gathered in person. A few months later, the first award went to Hans Summers, G0UPL, of QRP Labs. Howell said he’ll maintain a connection to the award program as a sponsor. — Thanks to the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast 

Distance Challenge Special Event Set in Arizona

The Northern Arizona DX Association will hold its third Distance Challenge Special Event at Quartzfest (QF) on January 23 – 29, 2022. The idea behind the event is to see which QF attendee can make the longest-distance portable contact from the Sonoran Desert using whatever radio and antenna they can bring in and set up. If they don’t bring in a radio and antenna, they can still enter by using the special event W7Q communication trailer at QF. The trailer, owned by the Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA), will have three operating positions that can be used simultaneously — one for SSB, one for FT8, and one for CW. There will be four entry classes. Details are on the NADXA website. Winners will each receive the unique trophy hard hat, sponsored by CABLE-X-PERTS. — Thanks to Distance Challenge Co-chairs Bob Wertz, NF7E, and Ron Gerlak, KG7OH

ARES Activates as Wind-Driven Year-End Fire Destroys 1,000 Colorado Homes

Nine Boulder County (Colorado) Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BCARES) volunteers turned out on December 30, 2021 as the devastating Marshall Fire roared through Superior and (portions of) Louisville, Colorado. Intense winds whipped a grass fire south of Boulder near Marshall into a massive firestorm that became too large and fierce for firefighters to battle.

“The only battle was evacuation, as the towns of Louisville and Superior and [the] northern suburbs of Denver lay in the fire’s wind-driven path,” said Amateur TV (ATV) enthusiast and dealer Jim Andrews, KH6HTV, of Boulder. Andrews said the only thing limiting the fire’s spread was the fact that the winds diminished by that evening.

“By that time, hundreds of homes had burned down,” Andrews said, whose own house among them. “This was not a typical forest fire, but an urban firestorm.” Thousands of people were evacuated.

BCARES Board of Directors Chairman and Region 1, District 3 Emergency Coordinator Allen Bishop, K0ARK, said that a request from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to activate the emergency operations center (EOC) is what initiated the ARES activation. “At that time, staffing was initiated with the activation of the BCARES Radio Network, with three BCARES members assigned to the EOC,” Bishop said. The BCARES Net was promptly activated.

ARES volunteers supported communication at evacuation sites and established emergency communication as commercial power failures and preventive shutdowns by utilities caused a loss of commercial communication. “Within about 8 hours,” Bishop said, “battery back-up systems for cell phones and landlines failed, and 911 services went down.”

“To facilitate a restoration of these emergency services, BCARES activated the Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN),” Bishop said. Established in 2010, MERN consists of repeaters installed at fire stations in Gold Hill and Allenspark, at community centers in Nederland and Raymond, and the privately owned Airlink Repeater. “These repeaters provided the emergency communication links that facilitated the restoration of 911 communications back to the dispatch center for the duration of the power outages,” Bishop explained. The Allenspark Neighbors Emergency Network (ANEN) and Airlink (Alternate Access Radio Network) participated.

According to Bishop, as the Marshall Fire expanded, evacuation center support was requested at three locations to provide on-site situation reports using Winlink. Bishop said BCARES members and mutual-aid ARES operators from neighboring Districts established local communication with the BCARES EOC radio position from designated field locations. BCARES was activated for 2 days.

As Andrews reported, Boulder County announced on New Year’s Day that nearly 1,000 homes were lost. In addition to his own home, the fire destroyed his daughter’s home next door, as well as the homes of all his close neighbors. “We had no official warning of the coming firestorm,” Andrews said. “My only warning was from our daughter who saw it happening.” No one died as a result of the fire, but, Andrews added, “KH6HTV VIDEO, as a supplier of ATV gear, will be out of operation for a very long time to come.” Andrews edits the monthly Boulder Amateur Television Club TV Repeater’s REPEATER newsletter

Amateur Operation in 3.45- 3.5 GHz Segment Must Cease by April 14, 2022

The FCC has established April 14, 2022, as the date by which amateur radio transmissions must stop in the upper 3.45 - 3.5 GHz segment of the amateur secondary 9-centimeter band. Secondary operations are permitted to continue indefinitely in the remainder of the band, 3.3 – 3.45 GHz, pending future FCC proceedings.

On January 14 the FCC released DA 22-39, which announces the results of Auction 110 for the 3.45 - 3.55 GHz band. Release of this notice triggered FCC rules adopted last year requiring that amateur radio operations between 3.45 GHz and 3.5 GHz cease within 90 days of the public notice.

In October 2021, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, urged Congress to direct the FCC to preserve Amateur Radio’s secondary use of the 3 GHz band in a written statement responding to H.R. 5378, the Spectrum Innovation Act of 2021, before the US House Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

A chronology of actions responding to amateur access on the 3.5 GHz band can be found on the ARRL website.

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Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Presents Emergency Preparedness Program

Mike Regan, of the Oswego County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) presented a program on what RACES is and how it can help our community in emergency situations  during a recent Oswego County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting.

The LEPC is a community-based organization that assists in preparing for emergencies, particularly those concerning hazardous materials, and meets quarterly. According to federal statute, LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about hazardous materials in the community to citizens.

Mike related the history of RACES and explained how amateur radio could aid the LEPC in severe emergencies. STORY

2022 IDXC cancelled

The following was announced on January 11th, on the IDXC Web page (http://www.dxconvention.org/): It is with regret that the 2022 International DX Convention in Visalia, California, has been cancelled.

The convention committee of the Southern California DX Club acted in response to the current covid virus threat. We look forward to 2023. Those who had hotel reservations please contact the hotel to ensure they are canceled.
Note: EVERYONE WHO HAS HOTEL RESERVATIONS, it is your responsibility to cancel your reservation as soon as possible so that the hotels can resell their rooms.

Respectfully,
Bill Kendrick, N6RV
Mel Hughes, K6SY

ALSO READ: http://www.arrl.org/news/2022-international-dx-convention-in-visalia-california-is-cancelled

80m AM Winter Contest

Sweden's national society SSA reports that twice a year, an AM contest is run on 80 meters (3600-3750 kHz), the next is due February 5
A translation of the SSA post reads:
Saturday, February 5, is the time for the winter AM contest between 09:00 and 11:00 Swedish time (0800-1000 GMT).
Run AM at 3600-3750 kHz. Exchange report, name and QTH.
Logs within 14 days tosm5b@ssa.se
Enjoy a quiet test with beautiful modulation.
The simple rules can be found at
https://sm5b.se/am-test-regler-2/

New batch of AstroPis relieve Ed and Izzy of duty on board the International Space Station

A new batch of AstroPi computers are up and running on board the International Space Station (ISS), set-up by ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer.

The units were shown off in September 2021 and launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon 2 freighter atop a Falcon 9 rocket in December. They are to replace the existing AstroPi units "Ed" and "Izzy" which have resided on the ISS for six years.
Maurer spent yesterday afternoon on the ISS setting up the new kit, which consists of Raspberry Pi 4 Model B hardware, a 12.3MP camera, and a range of sensors.
Engineers will eventually be able to control the units from the ground and upload code submissions from the Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab programs. Both are aimed at getting young people interested in coding, with one teaching participants how to write a program to take a humidity reading and display a message (without swears) to the astronauts while the other is a more complicated team-based affair.
HAMS YOU MIGHT KNOW FROM 75 METERS IN NEW ENGLAND

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3928 afternoons....just don't mention politics to him, please!
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses singl ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long
W1HHO- Cal...3941 group
K1MPM- Pete...3941 group
WA1JFX- Russell...3941 group .

SILENT KEYS

Silent Key WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Silent Key KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
Silent Key Neil -K1YPM .....a true gentleman
Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....

 

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